Baroness Margaret Thatcher, former Uk Prime Minister and the 1st Lady to hold the post, died earlier today from a stroke. She was 87 years old.
Mrs Thatcher’s reign, which lasted from 1979 to 1990, was a controversial one, that saw her instil enormous and frequently widely unpopular reforms throughout the land.
Lord Bell, acting as speaker for the Thatcher family, said:
“It is with great sorrow that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning.”
Thatcher’s years in authority were characterized by increased poverty among the working classes, combat in the Falklands and gigantic civil unrest. However, her supporters and admirers see her as a ground-breaking feminist and an symbol for hard-right Conservatism.
Uk Prime Minister David Cameron, a vocal admirer of Thatcher’s, called her “a great leader” and Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrat party said,
“She may have separated view throughout her moment in politics but one and all will be united today in acknowledging the force of her character and the extremism of her politics”.
Thatcher holds the distinction of being Britain’s greatest serving Prime Minister.
As tributes from MPs and ex- colleagues pour in via online news sources, social media websites are drenched with dispute, as well as some rather less agreeable statements regarding the Baroness.
Thatcher was a polarizing figure in British politics, she was loved by her supporters every bit as much as she was hated by her opponents. Last year, BBC News reported that Trade Union conference stallholder Colin Hampton was making brisk business by selling T-shirts that celebrated the former PM’s eventual demise.
Interviewed for the piece, Mr. Hampton said, “She is going to die some day. The actuality of the matter is when she dies there will be people who come out and say what a good person she was (…) But you ask many individuals in the regions of the land what they think and they are going to be appalled by the coverage (…) Folks will be saying that she was a excellent woman and take no notice of most of the things she did…”
His merchandise was by no means the only indicator of this phenomenon, as various sites and online groups are also enthusiastic to holding events and jubilantly announcing the loss of the ex- PM.
On the prickly subject of Mrs Thatcher’s proposed taxpayer-funded state funeral, Novelist John O’Farrell had this to say,
“Some in Westminster have talked about her receiving a state funeral when she dies, which seems a bizarre sort of tribute to someone who believed the state should do as little as possible. It would be far more appropriate to let competitive bids from private companies to run the funeral provision”.
Your response to the above quote is likely to dictate which side of the consideration you find yourself on in the coming days.